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Odessa was a popular name in the United States until the 1950s, but we can see it coming back as a vintage “grandma name.” As a matter of fact, it feels a little fresher than some of the grandma names that are hot right now. Many people may associate it with European and American cities of the same name, or you may even relate it back to Greek literature. Either way, Odessa is a nice poetic name for a little girl.

Meaning of the name Odessa:

Greek: Child of pain, wrathful, angry man

Origin of the name Odessa:

The baby name Odessa is derived from the Greek name Odysseus, which came from the epic poem “Odyssey” by Homer.

Symbolism of the name Odessa:

Odessa as a place name may offer some symbolism to new parents, whether they have roots in Texas or Ukraine. Some may associate the name with Greek history or literature since it's derived from the name Odysseus.

Baby name Odessa

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Gender of the name Odessa:

Odessa is a girl's name.

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The baby name Odessa evokes images of

Alternative spellings for the name Odessa:

  • Odesa

Nicknames for the name Odessa:

  • Dessa
  • Odie

Popularity of the name Odessa:

According to the Social Security Administration, Odessa was a top 1,000 baby name for girls in the United States until 1956. It last ranked at number 952 in 1956.

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Great middle names for Odessa and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Odessa:

  • Odessa Adlon (actress)
  • Odessa Grady Clay (mother of Muhammad Ali)
  • Odessa Harris (blues and jazz singer)
  • Odessa Cleveland (actress)
  • Odessa Youn (actress)

Odessas in popular culture:

  • Odessa Dobson (character from the “The Spoils of Babylon” miniseries)
  • Odessa (character on the TV show “Into the Badlands”)
  • Odessa Cubbage (character in the video game “Half-Life 2”)
  • Odessa (character on the TV show “Etheria”)
  • Odessa Silverberg (character from the video game “Suikoden”)
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